The components of the elbow include the distal humerus, the proximal ulna, and the proximal radius. When an injury occurs, any of these areas or a combination of areas may fracture (break). Displaced fractures of the distal humerus may involve complex patterns and require multiple plates and screws for fixation. When the proximal radius is broken into multiple pieces, treatment may involve a radial head arthroplasty (replacement). The olecranon (proximal ulna) may demonstrate a simple or complex fracture pattern. Treatment options for olecranon fractures include pin/wire fixation and plate/screw fixation. Post-surgical recovery commonly includes a specific splinting regimen and guided therapy. Developing stiffness or excess bone formation after elbow fractures may occur. Occasionally, secondary surgery to address excess bone formation or stiffness may be necessary. The decision regarding nonoperative versus operative treatment is complex and should be discussed with your treating physician.
Outcomes after surgery vary and risks and benefits should be discussed in detail with your treating physician. Non-operative treatment also carries risks and benefits which should be discussed with your treating physician.
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